Re: RARA-AVIS: Ed Lacy

Date: 10 Nov 2002

Re Bill's comment below:

> He was also one of the first to use
> black
> protagonists in mystery fiction. Check out ROOM TO
> which won the "best novel" Edgar

Although Lacy wasn't black, he was married to a black woman during the '40s and '50s, which gave him an insight to black culture most white people didn't have.

There was a PBO sequel to ROOM TO SWING called MOMENT OF UNTRUTH.

> WHITEY isn't
> quite as good but worth reading.

IN BLACK AND WHITEY was a procedural in which the villains were white supremacists called WON, a sort of urban KKK. It was the sequel to another novel featuring the same African-American policeman called HARLEM UNDERGROUND in which the hero went undercover to infiltrate a black terrorist group similar to the Black Panthers.


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